The Children of Thousand Islands

Feature story - April 30, 2007
Kepulauan Seribu or Thousand Islands is a misnomer for a group of 128 islands and sandbars, north of Jakarta in Indonesia. Only 12 of these are inhabited, with a total population of 5000 families mainly dependent on fishing and 'resort' tourism which includes snorkeling and diving resorts.

An Indonesian member of the Solar Generation, the youth wing of Greenpeace, greets delegates to the IPCC meeting in Bangkok with a sign "energy revolution now".

Little boy held by his mom on a boat to Sepa island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Siblings wade in low tide at Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Proudly wearing his scouts uniform, a student from Pramukha island in Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia gathers dead corals along the shore. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Children play and swim near a fish pen of Pangang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Late afternoon games off boats moored in Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Boy jumps into the water for a late afternoon dip at Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Boys study at the quayside of Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Children in the small streets of Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Girls jump into the water for a late afternoon dip in Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Children play at the wooden quay of Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Little boy held by his mom on a boat to Sepa island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Boy showing off newly caught fish in Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Little boy held by his mom on a boat to Sepa island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Boy runs to catch the school boat in Pramukha island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Students ride a boat to school in Pamukha island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Boys share a laugh before a football game at Panggang island of Kepulaun Seribu (thousand islands) north of Jakarta, Indonesia. Most of the population of Indonesia is unaware to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of scientists around the world. Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.

Based on the UN IPCC findings, Indonesian Environment Minister, Mr. R. Witoelar, recently announced that about 2000 islands are expected to drown in his archipelagic nation due to climate change induced sea level rise.  

There is very little research or climate impacts modeling done nationally, and most of the population of Indonesia is unaware and oblivious to the future impacts of climate change and the dire predictions of the IPCC.

A Greenpeace team visited the Pramukha, Pangang & Sepa islands of the Kepulaun Seribu, to establish whether any adaptation initiatives had been introduced by the government. The team discovered that most of the inhabitants were unaware of climate change, its impacts and the Environment Minister's pronouncements. Most of the families on these small islands like elsewhere in the world were conscious of a change in weather patterns and sea tides but did not make any connection with the human induced phenomenon of global warming.

The accompanying photo-feature by Shailendra Yashwant, Greenpeace photographer and Climate campaigner focuses on the children and youngsters of the thousand islands who are most likely to be affected by sea level rise and other deadly impacts of climate change in the next decade.

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